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Sharon McCloskey: Could you help me by becoming a stem cell donor?

 Sharon McCloskey needs a stem cell transplant
Digital Staff

A MUM with leukaemia is asking people to become stem cell donors.

Sharon McCloskey (43) has three sons and was diagnosed with leukaemia in February. Doctors have told her she needs a stem cell transplant and as the west Belfast woman has a rare tissue type it is proving difficult to find a match.

Ms McCloskey is urging people to join the donor register to help those with blood cancers.

The process is simple. A swab of your mouth is tested in a lab and two charities, the Anthony Nolan and DKMS, will both post you a swab kit which you return by post.

People aged 16 to 30 can become donors via Anthony Nolan and those aged 30-55 can do so via DKMS

Meanwhile, a donor registration evening is taking place tonight at Clough Primary School, near Ballymena in Co Antrim tonight, in aid of 10-year-old Thomas Millar who needs a bone marrow transplant.

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